Champion of Change: Marianne Schnall


Marianne Schnall, an accomplished journalist, is usually the one doing the interviewing, from Gloria Steinem to Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright. But once you write a book that Beyoncé recommends to her fans, you’re going to find yourself on the other side of the tape recorder at least a few times. Marianne’s book, What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power features interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists, as they seek to address the most urgent and important issues affecting women when it comes to politics, leadership and power. But Marianne has been working to empower women for decades. Back in 1995, in the very early days of the internet, she founded as a way to encourage more women and women's organizations to go online. It was almost pure instinct for her – she wasn’t quite sure what it would become – but she knew she had to do it. Soon, she found herself as the executive director of one of the leading women’s websites and nonprofit organizations. 

But Marianne, as always, is looking forward, “We need to come together to uproot all forms of injustice. And right now, feminism is getting a rebirth – it’s becoming more intersectional. And I will do everything I can to amplify women’s voices.” She took her book a step further and launched What Will It Take as an online platform to help foster awareness, collaboration and social engagement and work in real time to advance women in leadership roles. She’s also focusing on getting men and boys involved in global feminism. With all of her years of experience as a feminist and covering feminism, it's easy to wonder what makes her most hopeful. “My daughters," she says with a big smile. "They give me hope for the future.”

Mikki Brammer